Galvin at the Athenaeum

3.9
222 reviews
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CELEBRATING BRITAIN’S CULINARY TAPESTRY


Galvin at The Athenaeum is the latest restaurant from Michelin-starred London chefs Chris and Jeff Galvin. For the first time the brothers have stepped away from their trademark French-inspired menus in favour of championing Britain’s delicious homegrown produce and supporting independent farmers across the UK. An exciting array of new menus include Afternoon Tea and Private Dining, and feature a modern take on classic British dishes combined with Galvin favourites.

Special Offers

Five Course Tasting Menu with Wine Pairing £60pp

...from a five course set menu. All wines served in 75ml measures. Non-alcoholic cocktail pairing on request.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 19 August 2019

Ends: 1 November 2019

Availability: Mon-Thu 12:00-14:30 17:30-21:30

Pre & Post Theatre menu 2/3 courses for £25.00/£29.50

From a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 31 May 2019

Ends: 13 February 2020

Availability: Daily 17:30-19:00 21:00-22:30

Three Course Lunch with a Glass of Bubbles £29.50

...from a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 31 May 2019

Ends: 1 November 2019

Availability: Daily 12:00-14:30

1,000-Point Tables

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Sun 12:00PM - 2:30PM
Mon - Thu 12:00PM - 2:30PM 6:00PM - 10:00PM
Fri - Sat 12:00PM - 2:30PM

What 222 People Are Saying
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r
London
48 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We booked for Easter Sunday lunch based on the special menu which was reasonably priced. The courses allowed for a good choice and the roast beef was very good. The lamb however should have been better, it may have been left on the plate too long and was tough to cut.

All in all good value for what we had and a good experience again.

s
London
153 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

usually extremely good so as a few new servers were finding their feet there was a little hiatus which we would not usually experience so fingers crossed they will be back on form now

SM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Leonard was our waiter and he was excellent. We had fantastic service throughout and a lovely afternoon tea for mothers day. They did their absolute best to accommodate us and answer my questions beforehand as I wanted to make sure children were welcome. They went over and above, thank you for a special treat.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Nice layout with comfortable seating. Relaxed atmosphere not pretentious at all. And great decor...Children friendly/ menu which is good..The food was amazing It was a Sunday on Mother’s Day so we were treated to the Mother’s Day menu which was a 3 course meal for the fantastic value of £35 pound each!.. considering the reputation that comes with Galvin I thought it was a bargain.. starters were great and mains fantastic. I had the roast beef which was absolutely wonderful.. however the cutlery was a bit blunt so maybe in future serve this with a steak knife.. the only downside food wise we’re that we waited quite a bit between courses especially desert which we waited almost 40 minutes for. None the less, the restaurant recognised the mistake without even a mention from myself or my Mrs and took a course off of the bill... staff were attentive and polite. My Mrs was treated to a Mother’s Day goody bag which featured a teddy bear and various spa products from the hotel. This was a lovely touch and put a smile on her face...we were relaxed and the food was nice so we will definitely come here again!

F
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was good until it came to dessert and then it went downhill fast. Twice they came back to the table to tell us that they were out of the dessert we ordered so we finally just ordered ice cream. An hour went back and we asked twice and never received it so we finally left. Our entire meal was 2.5 hours which was far too long.

S
London
32 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service

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b
London
24 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Sunday dinner was very disappointing. Both vegetarian options were mushroom based, what if you don’t like mushrooms. The main option was a stodgy risotto, really Galvins? In this age of increasing vegetarianism one would expect a lot more from Galvins.

r
London
48 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Sunday lunch was extremely good with a good menu choice and a nice wine to go with it. The restaurant was quiet with not many people around. Service was quick and it was a very pleasant experience. Will definitely be dining here again soon.

s
London
153 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

we really enjoyed our dinner and the food beat our expectations. the service was excellent but they were so busy so the time between courses was longer than usual

c
London
47 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing meal here recently. Franco the Maître'd was exceptional and made us feel very welcome. The food was to die for too!

g
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We were fortunate to be able to sit inside the main restaurant while many others were sitting outside in the front of house area. The ambiance and noise level was just right as we wanted the chance to talk quietly over dinner. The service was excellent - unobtrusive, thoughtful and professional. The food was good, but not as good as it has been on previous occasions - in particular my fish was not cooked through which was a shame as it was such a nice piece. All in all an enjoyable evening but not quite up to the level that I have experienced before. 5* for service!

TC
London
25 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Extremely good value 2-course lunch with a (soft) drink thrown in. Perfect for dry January. Portion sizes good and very high quality food. Recommended.

OT
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was ok. Great location

VJ
London
104 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Good afternoon tea selection with the usual set up. Two small negatives this time though. Scones weren't super fresh & service was lacking (had to ask for milk & tea top up twice). Perhaps it is because we were sitting in a semi-private area but customers shouldn't be forgotten about...

K
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Buffet is way over priced with only limited options. Did not find it good value for money. Food was decent enough.

DC
London
19 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Excellent food let down by an odd combination of so-so service and a lack of atmosphere (not helped by major table shifting during our meal). I really like the Galvin restaurants but will stick to La Chapelle in future.

RS
London
5 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A very lunch and expierence.
Great food, service and customers, it is discerning without being pretentious or snobbish.
Highly Recommended.

MG
London
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

The food was very good as you would expect, but the service was very poor from the start from reception to throughout the meal . We sat there for 15-20 minutes without a drink. Struggled throughout the meal with service. At the end of the meal they did try and rectify the situation but was too late.

RK
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous Sunday lunch with lovely fresh vegetables & generous portions. The set menu with 2&3 course option is really good value. From the moment you enter the hotel you are met with a very warm welcome from helpful & friendly staff which extends through to the restaurant and bar. A thoroughly enjoyable experience & a great place to meet up with family & friends - we didn’t want to leave! I would most certainly recommend.

m
London
5 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

The food was very salty. My son’s fish fingers were super oily and tasted of old oil.

m
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Unfortunately the whole experience was bad from the moment we walked in to being placed by kitchen to the temperature being too hot .very slow service and kept forgetting everything.i know we where on deal but very bad and probably wouldn’t go there again .we did complain and got money off which isn’t the point was for birthday celebrations and they where ruined

Y
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stylish restaurant with subtle decor, attentive staff and creative food menu. Highly recommend for a special occasion.

m
London
28 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delivered top quality as usual.
Service was exceptional.

SP
London
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Quiet and calm atmosphere food portions small but delicious - good value for money

LF
Surrey
55 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The three course deal was amazing value - and it was lovely that the staff recognised our friend's birthday

OD
London
6 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

I wasn't impressed with this restaurant, although Galvin La Chapelle is one of my favourites. I arrived earlier than my friend and waited 10 minutes at the table without being offered so much as a glass of water. We were offered bread which came up eventually after the starter - it was warm but hard (and beware, it is not complimentary). Our main courses were served as our starter plates were being cleared away. Despite the lack of clientele, the waiters promenaded past our table so obviously and so frequently to try to get us to order our deserts, and then to get us to go, that it became really tiresome. The set lunch deal was good value and the food well-cooked; coffee was very expensive. I wouldn't go again.

s
London
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Food was served luke warm and vegetables were under cooked. Mind your teeth on the bread as well as the veg. Staff though were very accommodating and friendly.

SJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Booked special fixed price lunch menu and service was rude from the moment we arrived. Food was nice and very good value but a special get together with friends was marred by the unpleasant service. We declined to pay the discretionary service charge and my friend asked to see the Manager - who was actually one of the staff who had been rude and he apologised although clearly he wasn’t at all sorry. Wouldn’t go back!

m
London
28 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was spot on. Galvin is one of my favourite restaurants for over 10years. First time I have been to this branch. Food quality is top. Miguel made us feel special. Excellent service.

B
London
10 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quite outstanding service (places along Piccadilly could learn a lot from Galvin about service) Table ‘dot, 3 courses, provides limited but varied choice at amazingly great value. Best fresh whitebait I’ve had in a long time, with freshest of accompanying mayonnaise, egg and caper dip that was excellent. My guest and I are quite particular; today everything was excellent and we couldn’t fault a thing. Well done to everyone there..

OT
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

The food from the set menu was ok, but somewhat simplistic for the name of the restaurateur. However the food from the main menu was very poorly cooked: crab linguini tasted like Singapore noodles; the lamb was over-cooked and seemed re-heated from the previous day, additionally was greasy. Would not recommend this place to anyone.

D
London
19 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Decent restaurant for a pre-theatre or business meeting/lunch date. Pleasant surroundings.

SS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a great time. We had lunch and the food and service was very good. Would go again. Wine was really good.

BM
Berkshire
11 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Pleasant evening. Decided to try the Prix Fixe menu. It suited me but nothing appealed to my husband. He chose from A La Carte. We were both satisfied with our food.Service was polite, friendly & efficient.

G
Phoenix
19 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

We visited Sunday evening and had an unusual welcome. We waited at the hostess desk with no acknowledgement from the host. Eventually we were asked if we were dining, food was okay not sure if the chef was off as it was Sunday. We have had much better. Our wine was dull, I think it had been a long time in the opened bottle. Stupidly I didn’t comment. Would certainly go back but not on a Sunday.

A
London
68 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal and service from the staff at the restaurant and starting with champagne

VS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely amazing, all staff has been very intentive and a beautiful decor with fresh flowers was making everything complete.


Thank you!
Victoria & Serena

J
London
7 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

As a party of 3 getting together for a celebration we were all so very disappointed with our visit to the Athenaeum. The service was appallingly slow and there was no engagement from the waiting staff. We waited for such a long time for our order to be taken. Our waitress appeared to have disappeared through the service and was nowhere to be seen. We had to call on someone else for the bill to be brought to us. We sat for such a long time after the main course as no one came to invite us to enjoy the dessert buffet. The food was mediocre at best. Not something we'd expect having been to other Galvin restaurants. Our experience here completely ruined our celebration and we were glad to leave.

l
London
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

The waiter was rude. He gave us the menu right in front of our face while we talking. I don’t expect that from 4 star hotel services.

L
London
4 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Good value for money on Sunday brunch, service was standard not amazing. Restaurant is small and like a breakfast buffet area, not much ambience so no rush to go back

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